Coin-Op is the nom de plume of sibling illustration team Maria and Peter Hoey.

She lives in Brooklyn, he lives in Northern California. They do illustrations and graphic design work for a number of small and large companies, though the aesthetic is uniformly consistent from project to project. That style is referable to the Hoeys’ sleek, architectural, midcentury technique, developed in Coin-Op, their indie comic book title.

The pair recently brought the magic touch to a feature story they illustrated for Ephemera‘s parent publication, The Deli (see below), where old and new Williamsburg clubs were rendered with an eerie sense of desolation.

For the series titled Coin-Op Singlesessentially comic books shaped like vintage 7″ singles (or 45s)the Hoeys chose as their subject the long-forgotten hits of the early rock ‘n’ roll era. Fifties and Sixties lyrics are interpreted by collaging cultural indicators in a sleek, monochromatic line-art style. By that description, they should look like those year-by-year booklets sold in cheesy nostalgia shopsbut they don’t.

Instead, Coin-Op mines the diverse bricolage of jet-age neon signage, cookie-cutter tract houses, marquee billboards, and tailed-finned cars that ran alongside the era’s music and, in fact, were designed with the same optimistic rhythm as the period’s hit sounds. War, pain, and strife, however, are removed from Coin-Op‘s backward glances. In their place are detached, almost zen-like views of artistic accomplishment. (Brian Chidester)

Coin-Op's illustration of Williamsburg club architecture for the spring 2015 issue of "The Deli."

Coin-Op’s illustration of Williamsburg club architecture for the spring 2015 issue of “The Deli.”

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